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GOP commits to reaching out to millennial voting bloc

The GOP wants to get its groove back with young people. It took a step toward that on Thursday by naming Elliott Echols as the party's first national youth director, seven months after releasing a report that showed people perceive the Grand Old Party as, well, old and disconnected from pop culture. “Today's announcement is groundbreaking,” said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. “Bringing Elliot on board in an off-year will help us build relationships with young voters and mobilize students and young professionals to take our message to their peers.” Yet Echols' work will resonate beyond the 2014 elections, Priebus said, noting that “young Americans are independent-minded people who are concerned about getting our nation's economy back on track.” Echols, 23, of Rome, Ga., told the Tribune-Review he has goals for his new role. “The biggest is to bring young, energized people to the GOP,” he said. “There are a lot of young people who are eager to make a change, but they can't change anything if they're not a part of the process.”

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